6 Best Minnesota Flat-Fee MLS Companies

If you're selling your home for sale by owner (FSBO) in Minnesota, hiring a flat-fee MLS service can help you increase your listing's visibility without breaking the bank.

The average commission rate for full-service listing agents in the The North Star State is approximately 3%. Based on the median sale price for Minnesota homes, as of November 2019, that translates to about $7,620.

In contrast, typical rates for flat-fee MLS companies in Minnesota are in the $79 to $799+ range. The most basic plans can be as low as $50 to $99, while more comprehensive services range upwards of $1,000 to $3,000.

It's important to remember that every Minnesota flat-fee MLS service is different. When evaluating offerings, be sure to read the fine print: look at things like the length of the listing term (and how much it costs to extend); whether there's a fee to make changes to your listing; how many photos are allowed; the policy on buyer's agent commission; and more.

>> LEARN more about flat-fee MLS services and how to evaluate them.

To help you make the right choice, Clever has picked some of the top flat-fee MLS services across the state of Minnesota.

Top Minnesota Flat-Fee MLS Companies in 2020

EDITOR'S NOTE: Clever doesn't offer a basic flat-fee MLS-only service, so we've compiled objective overviews of local companies that do based on publicly available data. We do offer a free service that lets you work with top-rated realtors for a reduced, flat fee — you can check it out (and read reviews) here.

123 Flat Fee Minnesota

123 Flat Fee Minnesota

Price Range

$299-799+

Number of Photos

6-max allowed by MLS

Listing Term

6-12 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • 123 Flat Fee Minnesota is a licensed, Minnesota real estate brokerage that specializes in flat-fee MLS listing services
  • Typically listings go live in 1-2 business days
  • You choose the buyer’s agent commission and pay nothing if you find a buyer
  • Home valuation report (not included in Basic plan)
  • Buyer and agent inquires forwarded directly to you
  • Cancel anytime
$299 - Basic
  • 6-month listing on MLS
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • 6 Photos
  • ShowingTime scheduling and feedback system
  • Required forms and disclosures (downloadable)
$599 - Premium
  • Same as Showcase package, plus:
  • For Sale yard sign
  • Lockbox
  • Limited real estate coaching
  • Comparative market analysis (CMA)
  • Pricing assistance
  • Contract review



$399 - Showcase
  • Same as Basic package, plus:
  • 12-month listing on MLS
  • Unlimited photos (max allowed by MLS)
  • Home valuation report
  • Printable property flyer

$799+1% at closing - Platinum
  • Same as Premium package, plus:
  • Real estate coaching
  • Prepare and review contract
  • Negotiations assistance
  • Broker responses to inquiries and questions
  • Broker coordinates showings
  • Broker attends closing as needed
  • Exclusive rights to sell listing

Contract review, negotiating assistance, and closing help can be purchased for additional fees

Pros

  • Work directly with the broker, not a referral service
  • Buyer inquiries forwarded directly to you
  • Cancel anytime
  • ShowingTime scheduling and feedback system included in all packages

Cons

  • With the Platinum package you may have to forfeit your right to sell FSBO meaning you’ll have to pay buyer’s agent commission
  • Doesn’t cover all of Minnesota

As of July 30, 2020, 123 Flat Fee Minnesota has an A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau with an average rating of 5/5 based on 4 reviews.

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Minnesota Flat Fee MLS

Minnesota Flat Fee MLS

Price Range

$99-$149

Number of Photos

6-25

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Minnesota Flat Fee MLS is a local affiliate of Brokerless, a nationwide, flat-fee referral service that connects sellers with local brokers
  • Your contact information is shown on the MLS
  • Set your own buyer’s agent commission
  • Free status changes and access to listing on Realtor.com
  • Cancel anytime — but no refunds once listing is active)
  • Does not offer home valuation or pricing consultation
  • Listing is live within 24-48 hours of submission of all necessary paperwork
  • $99 - Basic package
    • 6-month listing on the MLS
    • Listing syndicated to Realtor.com (basic), Zillow, Trulia, MSN, and more
    • 6 photos
    • Set your own buyer’s commission
    • All state required forms and disclosures provided
    • Free status changes
    • Includes your contact info on the MLS, so buyers come straight to you
    • Cancel anytime (no refunds once listing is active)


  • $149 - Premium package
    • Same as Basic package, plus:
    • 25 photos
    • Premium Realtor.com listing


Open house alerts on Realtor.com can be purchased for $25 each



Prices are subject to change without notice

Pros

  • Free status changes
  • Lists your contact info for direct buyer leads
  • Cancel anytime

Cons

  • No listing options beyond 6 months
  • No home valuation or pricing consultation
  • Cancellation after listing doesn’t include a refund

N/A — As of January 16, 2020, no third-party review information was available for Minnesota Flat Fee MLS. We will update when this information becomes available.

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Real Estate Corners, Inc

Real Estate Corners, Inc

Price Range

$299

Number of Photos

24

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Real Estate Corners is a licensed, Minnesota real estate brokerage that specializes in flat-fee MLS listing services and flat-fee full representation services
  • Listing is live within 24-48 hours of completion of necessary paperwork
  • Unlimited listing changes
  • No cancellation fee
  • Built-in home valuation support

$299 - For Sale By Owner package

  • 6-month listing on the MLS
  • 24 photos
  • Listing syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • Unlimited listing changes
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • Home showing electronic services (showing requests and feedback done online)
  • Required state disclosures provided
  • Full ad and listing is featured on realestatecorners.com
  • No cancellation fee
  • Broker listing support throughout selling process
  • 2.5-3% commission to buyer’s agent


A-la-carte services include 12-month listing option, color brochures, emails to local realtors, yard signs, open house directory, market analyses, and transaction facilitation


Real Estate Corners also offers a full-service, flat-fee realtor package for the Minneapolis metro area for $600 down, plus $2,900 at closing

Pros

  • 24 photos for base package
  • No cancellation fee
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • Unlimited listing changes

Cons

  • Full-service option is only for the Minneapolis metro area
  • No built-in form assistance

As of August 12, 2020, Real Estate Corners Inc has an average rating of 5/5 based on 14 reviews across Google and Facebook.


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Savvy Avenue, LLC

Savvy Avenue, LLC

Price Range

$295-495

Number of Photos

6-50

Listing Term

3-12 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Savvy Avenue LLC is a licensed, Minnesota real estate brokerage that specializes in flat-fee MLS listing services
  • Cancel anytime with no additional fee
  • Buyer inquiries are forwarded to you — find your own buyer and avoid paying typical 2-3% buyer’s agent commission
  • Free, unlimited changes to your listing
  • Manage your own listing via an online portal 24/7
  • No home valuation or comparative market analysis (CMA)

$295 - Basic

  • 3-month listing on MLS
  • 3-month listing on Realtor.com
  • Syndicated to Zillow, Trulia, EdinaRealty.com, and more
  • 6 photos
  • Add Open House on the MLS
  • Custom webpage for your listing

$395 - Extended

  • Same as Basic package, plus:
  • 6-month listing on MLS
  • 6-month listing on Realtor.com
  • 25 photos
  • Receive Showing Time appointment calls, texts, email from agents
  • Add a Virtual Tour to the MLS, Zillow, and Trulia
  • Online showing service and feedback forms sent to realtors after showing
  • Manage your listing 24/7
  • Custom captions on your photos
  • All state-required seller's property disclosure statement forms (downloads)

$495 - Premium

  • Same as Extended package, plus:
  • 12-month listing on MLS
  • 12-month listing on Realtor.com
  • 50 photos
  • Social media sharing tools

Pros

  • Your name and contact information on your MLS listing
  • Manage your own listing via an online portal 24/7
  • Free, unlimited changes to your listing
  • Cancel any time
  • Add open house to MLS

Cons

  • No built-in home valuation or CMA
  • Only 3-month listing term and 6 photos with basic package
  • Useful services in mid- and top-tier packages, but no additional guidance or support included with any service (contract/paperwork review, pricing assistance, help with counteroffers, etc.)

As of August 11, 2020, broker Moe Mossa has an average rating of 5/5 based on 10 reviews across Zillow and Realtor.com.


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National Flat-Fee MLS Services & Brokers Operating in Minnesota

Congress Realty

Congress Realty

Price Range

$299

Number of Photos

4

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Congress Realty is a licensed brokerage in Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington that specializes in flat-fee MLS listing services
  • Free comparative market analysis (upon request)
  • You set buyer’s commission (Congress Realty recommends 3%)
  • Listings typically go live in 1 business day
  • Free, unlimited changes
  • Your phone number displayed on the MLS listing

$299

  • 6-month listing on MLS
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • 4 photos
  • Downloadable contracts, addendums, and disclosure forms
  • ShowingTime showing scheduling and feedback service


A-la-carte services include: more photos, open house advertisements, listing renewals, professional photography, yard signs, lockbox, and more.

Pros

  • Pay no buyer’s agent commission if you find the buyer
  • Free, unlimited changes
  • Wide variety of a-la-carte services
  • Home buyer rebates if you buy with Congress Realty (in states where available)

Cons

  • May not cover every part of your state
  • Fewer photos than other comparable flat-fee MLS services

As of August 4, 2020, Congress Realty has an average rating of 4.8/5 based on 30 reviews across Yelp and Zillow.

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beycome

beycome

Price Range

$99-299

Number of Photos

36

Listing Term

Until sold

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Beycome is a real estate brokerage that offers flat-fee MLS listing services to for sale by owner (FSBO) sellers in Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Georgia, and Rhode Island.
  • Beycome’s lower-tier programs are also offered in California and South Carolina.
  • Listing will be syndicated on other sites like Realtor.com, Zillow, Redfin, IDX, and more
  • Listing typically goes live within 36 hours
  • Unlimited changes, photos, and no expiration on listing term
  • Built-in comparative market analysis (CMA) tools
  • Offers a 90-day money-back guarantee
$99 - Flat Fee MLS 
  • Listing on your local MLS and other sites like Realtor.com, Zillow, Redfin, IDX, Homes.com, and more
  • Unlimited photos
  • Receive legal offers online
  • Downloadable legal forms & documents
  • Real estate support from beycome team
  • Virtual tour & YouTube video
  • Printable promotional items
  • Home visit manager
  • Open house scheduler
  • Messaging center
  • Dual comparative marketing analysis (CMA) tools
  • Craigslist easy click & share Ad
  • Social media sharing

$199 - Flat Fee MLS Premium
  • Same as Flat Fee MLS package, plus:
  • Full listing featured on beycome.com
  • Customizable flyers and brochure
  • Maximum pictures allowed
  • 1 key lock box
  • 1 sign in yard
  • 1 open house signage package
$299 - Flat Fee MLS Max 
  • Same as Flat fee MLS Premium package, plus:
  • 24 professional HDR pictures
  • 1 photography session
  • Full ownership of the photos
  • Additional, a-la-carte services available with Max package:
  • Video walkthrough - $49
  • Drone pictures - $69


Pros

  • All inquiries and leads directly forwarded to you
  • Built-in home valuation tools
  • Unlimited listing term
  • 90-day money-back guarantee (unless you close, are under contract, or you receive at least 2 legitimate offers)
  • Live customer support

Cons

  • While beycome offers more built-in services than most flat-fee MLS companies, you’ll still get limited service and support with your listing
  • Free downloads for forms and documents, but no support or legal oversight
  • Flat Fee MLS Max package not offered in California or South Carolina

As of July 31, 2020, Beycome has an average rating of 4.4/5 based on 228 reviews across Zillow, Facebook, and Google.

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Alternatives to Flat-Fee MLS in Minnesota

The Minnesota real estate market is increasing rapidly. According to Zillow, the median home value rose 4.2% over the past year and is expected to see an increase of 4.1% in 2020. To realize your home's full value (or ideally more), it's important to weigh all of your options for selling before making a final decision.

Quick Tip: Don't let upfront "savings" cost you thousands when you sell your home...

Yes, a flat-fee MLS service can save you money on commission — if you know what you're doing. However, homes listed "For Sale By Owner" with an MLS service typically sell for thousands less than agent-assisted homes. 

Plus, there's no guarantee your home actually sells. Since flat-fee MLS services are paid upfront, that means you're out the hundreds of dollars you already spent. 

The Alternative: List with Clever and get a top agent for a reduced rate. 

At Clever, our free service connects you to top-rated agents from name brands like Keller Williams, RE/MAX, Century 21, and more — full-service agents with a proven record of selling fast, for top dollar. 

You pay $0 upfront. So if you don't see the value when you talk to an agent, you're free to walk away. No strings attached. But if you do decide to work with any agent, you'll also get an exclusive low rate — a flat $3,000 or a reduced commission of just 1%.

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